One of Ottawa’s best known indie music acts, The Acorn, have released a brand new video for the single “Dominion” off the their latest LP Vieux Loup. The Acorn first released Pink Ghosts in 2004, and with an ever-expanding catalogue of albums, Rolf Klausener and his band are showing no signs of slowing down.
The video is directed by the omnipresent and multitalented Lesley Marshall, who seems to do a million things and does them really well. She’s also in the band Bonnie Doon, and her unique aesthetic is evident in the music video.
“I shot part on SAW videos New black magic 4k camera and the footage with Caylie on a point and shoot I found in the garbage,” Lesley explains. “I love mixing media and am more moved for collage than anything right now.”
“I built a room of mirrors around Caylie. I wanted to create a dystopic feeling where the sky is made of beautiful water And a permanent sunset where there is love but we are all poisoned. I also love messing with people’s perception of video – of the music video and cinema. That’s why the video should make you feel uneasy.”
The song is reminiscent of The Acorn’s older work, with hollowed, reverb-laden sounds and delicate vocals. One special thing about this track is the appearance of Boyhood’s Caylie Runciman. Her vocals come in intermittently in response to Klausener’s, adding something special to the track and to the album.
Watch the psychedelic new video a listen to a crazy good remix by the one and only CABAAL below.
Earlier this week the band dropped the new album and I gushed about how much I loved the song Barely Breath and it was my favourite of their most excellent new album (read more here). And then bam! A video for it comes out. I guess dreams do come true people, they really do.
Watch the hilarious and fun video of the four band members strapped to chairs and being pelted with everything from sand, bubbles, pies and inflatable pool toys. The video was shot and produced by very talented local filmmaker Nick Wilson of Wilson Filmworks.
So who do you think handles the abuse the best? My vote goes to drummer Steve Robillar in the bottom left corner, he barely even flinches half the time.
Last year, A Tribe Called Red put out one of 2013’s best electronic album Nation 2 Nation which has since won them a Juno for Best Breakthrough Group. They just dropped a new video for their track “Sisters,” featuring contemporary Powwow Drum group Northern Voice, where a group of girls from a (presumably) far off town hear about ATCR’s monthly Electric Pow Wow party happening in Ottawa and decide to make the trip. Why not make it fun? They have good times getting dressed up, dancing in a convenience store, and drive through a beautiful Canadian countryside celebrating the fact that they’re going to see the group live. The final portion of the video is the ladies actually in the club, which happens to be their home base of Babylon on Bank Street. ATCR is on stage with a packed house, and you can also see Robbie of Fall Down Gallery doing some live art. A great song deserves a great video!
Here’s what ATCR said about the video’s inspiration:
For the “Sisters” video, we wanted to show that Native Americans are like everyone else, regular contemporary people who are connected, fashion conscious and going to the club on weekends. Starring Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs, “Sisters” shows three aboriginal girlfriends going on a road trip to our monthly party Electric Pow Wow in Ottawa, one of the only all indigenous parties in North America. We wanted the simplicity of the story to enhance this message and shines a light on this all-Native crew. The song is taken from our latest album Nation II Nation and exclusively uses the female vocals of powwow group Northern Voice. This is also groundbreaking as female powwow backvocals haven’t been put at the forefront like this ever before.
The DJ trio from Ottawa are making some of the greatest electronic in the world right now, and we at Showbox are super proud of them. Check out the video for “Sisters” below.
This past weekend Montreal electro-infused, psych-rock band Suuns (Secretly Canadian) played at Black Sheep Inn for the first time and treated us to their in-your-face sound. Their pulsating, unfettered sound was unforgettably penetrating to us in the quaint venue, and nothing was going to stop the music from making an impact on those who made it out that night. Joe wrote a great post on the night, which can be found here.
Last weekend a bunch of us gathered at Fall Down Gallery for what was to be a hot, smoky music video shoot for The Love Machine‘s new song “Sorry My Dear”. The video is being made with a string of Vine videos, each 6 seconds in length. I have certainly never seen anything like this before, so the end result will be pretty interesting. With lots of confetti and dancing, I think the shoot was a pretty huge success overall. But wait, The fun isn’t over yet!
The Love Machine, along with Dan Rascal Productions, are allowing fans to get involved by submitting a Vine video of their own to be included in the final cut of the video. Here’s how it works:
1. Follow The Love Machine on Vine (handle: thelovemachine)
2. Fans can then download the song segments from the Dropbox link provided
3. Fans can make their own segment(s) and upload it and hashtag it with #TLMvine
4. The segment submitted is eligible to be in the final product!
Now check out the video teaser that The Love Machine just released!
Here’s TLM’s video description:
“We want YOU to create your own vines for The Love Machine’s newest video – Sorry My Dear.
The first thing you need to do is follow this link to a special Dropbox Folder. Inside are all the goodies you will need to create your own segments which we will review. If we like…then there is a good chance it will make the final cut of the video!
In the Dropbox folder you will find 33 Segmented clips of the entire song. We broke the song down into 6 second partitions and filmed each one. Now we want you to pick your favorite segment and re-create it any way you want. We also included the mastered song so you can think about the video as a whole and well….it makes for a nice gift too!
You’ll also notice that each clip has 3 seconds of quiet and 6 seconds of loudness! We wanted to make sure you recorded on the loud part but we also wanted to give you some time to cue yourself up. Make sure you practice and try to get it as rock solid as possible!
Get creative! Do something zany! We accept parodies of your favorite vines, stop motion whatever whatever!
Once you have your segment finished, don’t forget to tag them so we can see them.